Capt. Leon M. Williamson, Navy Cross: Scout Bomber During The Battle of Midway

Editor’s note:  Leon Williamson was born in Tecumseh Michigan


The President of the United States Takes Pleasure in

Presenting the Navy Cross to

Captain Leon M. Williamson, U.S.M.C.R.,

For Service as Set Forth in the Following Citation:

For extraordinary heroism as a pilot in Marine Scout-Bombing Squadron Two Forty-One during action against enemy Japanese forces in the Battle of Midway on June 4 and 5, 1942. During the initial attack upon an enemy aircraft carrier, Captain Williamson, in the face of withering fire from Japanese fighter guns and anti-aircraft batteries, dived his plane to the perilously low altitude of four hundred feet below releasing his bomb. Participating in the search and attack mission against a Japanese aircraft carrier on the night of June 4, he brought his plane back to its base under extremely adverse weather conditions. The following day, after less than four hours’ sleep, he took part in an assault which resulted in the severe damaging of an enemy battleship. His cool courage and conscientious devotion to duty were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service.”

Orange County Walk of Honor by AMVETS

Capt. Leon M. Williamson

Capt. Leon M. Williamson


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